Every car’s battery will eventually need to be replaced. Most people take their cars into a certified auto shop and have them removed and replaced by a professional; while others are able to change their car battery themselves. Either way, it is crucial that the battery is disposed of properly, or even better, recycled. Here are the reasons why you should be careful when disposing a car battery, and why it is even better to recycle them.
Car Battery Disposal
Car batteries cannot just be thrown away in the trash like the rest of our garbage. The disposal of car batteries should be taken very seriously. An average 12 volt car battery contains heavy metals, harmful chemicals, and hazardous materials. These toxins can jeopardize the safety of animal, plant, and human health. Water pollution and soil contamination are just a few serious consequences of improper battery disposal. Always be sure to look up the proper ways to dispose of car batteries in your neighborhood, or, consult a professional for assistance.
If you are disposing of a car battery on your own, be sure to know how to safely handle one. Always wear gloves and safety goggles, and make sure the battery is always facing up when stored or transported.
Benefits of Recycling Car Batteries
Car batteries should always be recycled, even if they are depleted. Car batteries are still useful in their after-life because they contain reusable materials that can be easily recycled into new car batteries. Materials such as lead, plastic, and battery acid can all be reused for alternative parts and new car batteries. It can be easy to recycle your car battery; many recycling centers will simply accept your old battery without notice or fees. Also, most auto mechanics will recycle your old car battery for you if you have the new one installed at their auto repair shop. There is also a program that runs throughout the United States and Canada called the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC). It allows businesses and people to recycle their car batteries for free.